By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has allocated P79,323,000 for the construction of mechanized nursery facility for seedlings in Negros Oriental to boost the National Greening Program (NGP).
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Oscar Magallones said the mechanized nursery intends to target 40 million seedling capacity in a 10-hectare lot at Barangay Banban in Ayungon town.
Magallones said only five pilot areas in the country have this kind of nursery which include National Capital Region, Region 5, Region 13, DENR-Central Office, and Negros Oriental in Region 7.
Of the areas identified, Negros Oriental has the biggest seedling capacity area.
CENRO in Ayungon was cited as a model site of NGP as its people’s organizations also earn its livelihood under the NGP, said Magallones.
The environmental department has targeted to complete the construction of the nursery including the greenhouse, road improvements, among others, for seedling production this year.
Magallanes said the mechanized nursery will produce high quality forest tree seedlings which include indigenous tree species, fruit bearing trees such as coffee and cacao for planting materials.
According to the Magallones, the nursery can supply seedlings to other neighboring regions and its provinces by 2014.
By virtue of Executive Order No. 26, signed by His Excellency Benigno Aquino III, a massive forest rehabilitation program for the country has been implemented under the NGP.
NGP aims to reforest 1.5 million hectares of denuded land in the country by planting 1.5 billion trees from 2011 to 2016.
Overall objectives of the National Greening Program are poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation, and environment mitigation. (rmn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)